Loving all the Tradition at Deepa + JT’s Wedding!

It’s been awhile since I’ve photographed a Malayalee Indian Orthodox wedding…and I was privileged to the first wedding photographer to photograph a wedding at the new St. Gregorios Orthodox Church! Congrats to Jason + Deepa!

Shout out to working with some of my favorite wedding vendors: Floral design, centerpieces and wedding bouquets by the uber talented: Vale of Enna and the amazing videography team of: Chris and Oliver Cinema!

In case you missed their engagement photos, be sure to check out their Chicago engagement blog post!

I’ll start off w/one of my favorite creative wedding picture from the day!

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Deepa was getting ready at her hotel…a few detail photos to start us off- Her Indian bracelets-

Chicago Indian wedding details

I put her wedding shoes on this ledge for a creative composition

Chicago Indian wedding details shoes

Her hair and makeup looked great! The bride is literally ‘glowing’ in this photo!

Chicago Indian wedding bride photo

Putting on her earrings-

Chicago Indian wedding getting ready bride picture

Deepa’s Mom was helping to pin the veil with her bridesmaids holding the edges-

Chicago Indian wedding veil getting ready

A nice black and white portrait of the bride!

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Loving her look!

indian bride picture

There was a great photojournalism moment when we went downstairs to find a couple friends who were blown away by Deepa in her wedding dress!

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There was an Indian Orthodox prayer ceremony before the family departed for the church-

chicago indian orthodox wedding photo

Meanwhile…at the groom’s house-

chicago indian groom getting ready photo

His JT cufflinks that were gifted by his bride!

chicago indian groom detail photo

A couple groomsmen helping Jason with his cufflinks-

chicago indian groom getting ready photo

Loving this portrait of JT!

chicago indian groom portrait photo

JT gathered the groomsmen around for a spontaneous huddle before the day’s celebrations begin!

chicago indian groom getting ready photo

The prayer ceremony at the groom’s house-

chicago indian orthodox wedding prayer photo

The flower girls making their way down the aisle!

chicago indian orthodox wedding picture

Deepa making her way down the aisle with her parents!

chicago indian orthodox wedding picture

The view of the wedding processional from the balcony-

chicago indian orthodox wedding image

Loving this photo of the bride with her mother-

chicago indian orthodox wedding picture

A Christian Indian Orthodox wedding-

chicago indian orthodox wedding photo

A prayer over the groom-

chicago indian orthodox wedding picture

A prayer over the bride-

chicago indian orthodox wedding picture

The important necklace tying the knot (Minnukettu) of the ‘minnu’ ceremony for the Christian Malayalees

necklace tying chicago indian orthodox wedding photo

Another Indian Orthodox ceremony – the Manthrakodi- when the sari is placed over the bride’s head

chicago indian sari wedding picture

The blessing of the marriage-

One last photograph before the wedding ceremony ends!

We headed out to grabe some creative portraits before their wedding reception began…JT had twice as many groomsmen as bridesmaids…so I wanted a bridal party photograph that looked ‘balanced’ – and I think this photo does the job!

creative chicago indian wedding bridal party photo

The bridesmaids- and I love the color palatte

creative chicago indian wedding bridesmaid photo

A groomsmen photo-

creative chicago indian wedding groomsmen photo

The newlyweds!

chicago indian wedding couple photography

creative chicago indian wedding photography

A creative bridal party portrait! I was standing on a very narrow ‘island’ in the middle of the street for this photo! The blue from their Indian sarees really pop in this picture!

creative chicago indian wedding bridal party photography

A beautiful wedding picture in the park!

creative chicago indian wedding photo

creative chicago indian wedding photo

We made our way to their reception at The Meadows Club in Rolling Meadows, IL.

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Flowers were done by Vale of Enna

vale of enna centerpiece florist

After the bridal party introductions…there was a lot of excitement on the dance floor!

The bride and groom with one of their Malayalee Indian Orthodox traditions of lighting a lamp together-

meadows club schaumburg rolling meadows wedding reception

The traditional Indian ‘milk ceremony’ with their mothers-

First dance photograph-

meadows club rolling meadows wedding reception photo

The first of two dances performances!

JT surprised us all by getting out onto the dance floor and showing his moves!

meadows club schaumburg wedding reception photo

Pulling his bride onto the dance floor!

Deepa with her bridesmaids

JT was having a good time on the dance floor!

Thanks Deepa + JT for a great time + for having me as your wedding photographer! There are so many more amazing photos from your day…I couldn’t possibly put it all on this wedding blog post! Stay tuned for more!

with love,

your Chicago wedding photographer,

Kenny

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